Boston Bombings, Evil Unleashed, and Light Triumphing Over Darkness (by Alan Cross)

Alan Cross blogs at Downshore Drift.

What a horrible day in Boston. Evil broke in again and shocked us all, although at this point, I don’t know why we should be surprised. The Aurora theatre shooting. Sandy Hook. Dr. Gosnell’s House of Horrors. Now, the Boston Marathon Bombings. Today, we all grieved with those in Boston and could not help but think back to 9/11.

But, there was another story being told today in Boston. When the bombs went off, people ran TO the victims to help instead of running away to save themselves. Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post writes:

“Today, rescuers were running toward the wounded on Boylston Street in acts of true heroism — running toward the sounds of the screams. In the end the terrorists will fail because Bostonians did not turn from their fellow man — they turned toward them. And that is the real music of mankind.”

There were other reports that the Marathon runners who were turned away from the finish line just a mile away kept running to local hospitals to give their own blood to help those in need. Think of it. Runners who had already run 25 miles, upon hearing the bombs and the carnage and knowing that people that they did not know were wounded and dying, ran further and gave their own blood to help save them.

Not turning away, but running toward the sounds of the screams to help those suffering. Giving their own blood to save the lives of others. This is what the Kingdom of God looks like. This is what Jesus did for us and what He calls us to do for others.

In the midst of so much darkness and violence and pain, today, God showed up and the eternity written on the hearts of men (Eccl. 3:11) reflected a Story more true than all of the evil that can be unleashed on the world. Heroism and sacrifice and laying down one’s life for another still exists in this world. Light still triumphs over darkness.

The Church is to be that Light in the world as we also run into the smoke and the carnage and toward the screams of mankind suffering. We are not to run away to save ourselves. We are to shed our own blood if necessary to help those being run over by the evil in this world. That is what Jesus did for us. How can we not do it for others?

Consider the rescue workers and average people who ran into the smoke to help those in need. Consider the Marathon runners who KEPT running to the hospital to give their own blood to those hurting. THAT is the kind of life we need to live all the time, everyday.

Light still triumphs over darkness.


  1. says

    Too bad you didn’t mention the “C” word, Dave and you would have generated more comments about this poignant post.

    Was reading in Luke 8 where Jesus said that no one puts a light under a jar, but rather uses it to light the room around him. I was always taught “This Little Light of Mine” from the Matthew 5 passage in such a way that we were to regard it as a command. What if it isn’t a command? What if it is a statement of fact, a description of a natural phenomenon? The crowd reaction at the Marathon Bombing seems to indicate to me that light is shining and it cannot be hidden.

    Just my $0.02.

  2. Dale Pugh says

    I recall a missionary speaker I heard in a college chapel years ago. He used the illustration of white blood cells that rush to the scene of an injury in order to attack any infection. He then stated that Christians are called to rush to the dangerous places of this world to share Christ. Honestly, that’s the only chapel sermon from 30 years ago that actually had a lasting impact. For some reason, that message stuck with me.

  3. Dave Miller says

    My son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live within about 4 miles of where that all went down, so I’m just glad they caught the guy. This grandpa is a little more relaxed now.

  4. says

    These tragedies are the opportunities that God gives us to minister to people and to express the Gospel in both Word and Deed. We saw that with Katrina and with so many other tragedies and it is why I think that what Baptists do in Disaster Response/Relief is one of the best things we have going.

    These things are also a way for Christians to speak a word of comfort, confidence, and assurance to others during these times. People are often more open than we think.